Shelley Robinson studied political science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, eventually running both the student newspaper, The Gazette, and the campus-community radio station, CKDU-FM. In 2000 she moved to Belfast and was editor of a community newspaper on the peaceline, Citywide. In 2005 she worked in Afghanistan with a women's community radio station, Radio Rabia Balkhi, named after a famous female Persian poet who is said to have written her last poem, in her own blood, on the walls of the cell where she was imprisoned for loving a servant. In 2006 Robinson joined the professional entry stream of Carleton University’s Master of Journalism program. This year she will be teaching print and broadcast journalism at the National University of Rwanda. Robinson’s particular focus will be working to integrate the work that students do with Radio Salus and the Ibanga newspaper into the journalism curriculum. She will also be acting as a local coordinator for the Rwanda Initiative.